What are the things that make a community special? What are things that promote a sense of belonging, of safety and of community pride? I believe these are questions that need to be explored and answered over the next four years. We have in the past talked about maintaining our small town feel. What exactly does that mean? For me it means a place where I know my neighbors, where people speak to one another with respect and kindness; it is a place that offers a sense of comfort, and a sense of peace and security. It has very little to do with the number of people in the community or the amount of development. It has to do with a sense of place and a sense of belonging.
Future development always causes concern within a community. The two remaining large tracts for development in our community are the East Fonthill lands and the East Fenwick development area. The East Fonthill area is underway and developments are being serviced at this time. There are still several that need to come forward for approval and are at various stages of the process. Council needs to be mindful of the current community and the goals of the new development; not to undermine what we have but to add to it and to enhance it.
Govern in a fiscally responsible way which enhances the community’s financial health. What does this statement really mean? To be fiscally responsible one must be prepared to manage the assets of the community in a way which results in financial strength and economic growth.
What does this statement really mean? To be fiscally responsible one must be prepared to manage the assets of the community in a way which results in financial strength and economic growth. The resulting financial strength will allow the Town to be responsive to the needs of its citizens. By developing appropriate policies which determine how the assets of the community are to be managed, by incorporating new technology and by exploring new ways of delivering Town services; I believe we can create stability and sustainability for the future of the Town of Pelham.
Some have said this election is about change; I believe this election is about electing someone who has a vision; A plan to execute this vision and the experience to carry out this plan.
I have been a citizen and business man in this community for 45 years. I’ve served on numerous committees as a member and as chair. I have been a Councillor for the last 8 years. I believe I have the experience and the commitment that is needed to be Mayor of this fine community.
Dr. Gary Accursi, an active, highly engaged two-term Councillor of Ward 2, announced today his candidacy for Mayor of Pelham.
Citing the unprecedented investment and growth in Pelham in the past 8 years, Accursi expressed the need to focus on stabilization and sustainability over the next 4 years. He stated that the next term of council will be a period when the Town will need to focus on reaping the benefits of the significant investment in the community infrastructure and to directing the use of those benefits to ensure the sustainability of the community for the future. As an experienced leader and businessman, Accursi believes he has the skills to lead Council in managing the Town’s assets for the benefit of all.